Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert blog which will discuss the recent media stories about a Connecticut lawyer who was suspended for four months and prohibited from representing female clients for the rest of his career after he was found guilty of representing women in family law and domestic-violence cases in violation of a 2010 Court Order.
The August 6, 2014 ABA Journal online article is here: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/lawyers_suspension_includes_lifetime_ban_on_representing_women/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email and the Connecticut Law Journal article is here: http://www.ctlawtribune.com/home/id=1202665886913?slreturn=20140706064608 (requires subscription).
According to the ABA Journal article, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that the Connecticut lawyer was suspended for four months and prohibited from representing female clients for the rest of his career after he was found guilty of representing women in family law and domestic-violence cases in violation of a 2010 disciplinary Order. The Connecticut disciplinary counsel had sought disbarment for the lawyer, named Ira Mayo, alleging that he had violated the Order at least 11 times. The lawyer apparently agreed to the suspension and career prohibition on representing women to resolve the disciplinary complaint.
The lawyer was found guilty of improper conduct in two prior discipline cases, according to the ABA Journal article. In one, he was suspended for 15 months after he was accused of making unwanted advances to female clients referred to him by a group for abused women. In the second, he was prohibited from representing women in family law or domestic violence cases after he was accused of offering to waive attorney fees in exchange for a massage.
Bottom line: Some (many) might say that this result was quite generous to the lawyer. There is no mention in the article as to whether the lawyer was sued for his alleged misconduct.
Let’s be careful out there.
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